You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy this insanely delicious cocktail! And as with many other things in life, Irish coffee happened to be invented purely by accident.
Chef Joe Sheridan of Limerick, was welcoming American passengers on a frigid night in 1942 at what is now Shannon International Airport. Sheridan added whiskey to their coffee to warm them up, telling them they were being served Irish coffee.
This smooth and delicious cocktail consists of hot coffee, Irish Whiskey and sugar, although some recipes specify that brown sugar be used. It is stirred and then topped with thick cream. The coffee is meant to be drunk through the cream.
This is my version of the now famous drink:
- 1-2 Tablespoons Simple Syrup or to taste (recipe follows)
- 1 cup hot freshly brewed coffee
- 1 1/2 oz. Irish Whiskey
- Fresh whipped cream
- Dash of grated Nutmeg
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- Make simple syrup by combining sugar and water in a small saucepan. Stir until brought to a boil and sugar has dissolved completely. Remove from heat.
- In a cold bowl, whip 3/4 of a cup of heavy cream with a handheld mixer on high until thick and creamy.
- Warm an Irish coffee glass or mug by filling with hot water. Drain and pat dry.
- Build your drink as follows: pour syrup, whiskey and coffee in a warm mug and stir well.
- Gently spoon whipped cream on top of coffee and dust with nutmeg.
- Do not pour hot liquids into a cold glass, as this may cause it to crack.
- Refrigerate any left over simple syrup for future drinks.
I hope you get a chance to make this delicious and super easy cocktail. Enjoy!